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. volatility there could have an effect on the entire region. nbc's mike viqueira is at the white house tonight. mike, what are you hearing from there? >> reporter: good evening to you, kate. just three days ago officials here reacted with positive emotions between morsi. and the role he brokered between the cease-fire in israel and hamas. some saw and some still see a way to leverage morsi's influence with hamas into jump-starting a middle east peace process that was all but dead. morsi's move to extend authoritarian rule by undercutting the courts complicated matters for the u.s. which still sends roughly $1 billion in aid each year to egypt. in the wake of the power grab u.s. officials issued a cautious statement of concern and a call for calm and there is a lot at stake for morsi and his muslim brotherhood as well, there's billions of dollars in imf funds, most important to the u.s. is continued stability in egypt, that peace treaty some three decades old between israel and egypt, absolutely vital for u.s. and western interests. kate? >> mike viqueira at the white house tonight, thank you.
then was telling people on the sunday talk shows. mike viqueira is standing by at the white house for us. mike, really interesting to hear how the senators who have had the opportunity to meet with ambassador rice then come out and they seem to be more troubled but they already knew that this was bad intelligence because hindsight being 20/20 we know a lot more now. >> well, you know, if the president does, indeed, intend to nominate susan rice, the current u.n. ambassador, to replace hillary clinton at the state department, this certainly is a bad omen, a bad sign for that ambition. while susan collins, the senator from maine, of course, she is a republican, no red-meat republican, tom. this is of course one of the three senators, republican senators, who voted for the stimulus package in 2009. so she's not queueing any kind of party line. while she's not expressly saying she would not vote for confirmation, she said she needs additional information, ongoing investigation, and she talked about what she called those eerie echos from the 1998 attacks in nairobi and salaam, those terrorist attac
't raise taxes. mike viqueira says there may be flexibility on both sides of the aisles. >> reporter: it's a pledge almost all republicans have signed to oppose tax increases of any kind. today shit was showing cracks. >> the world has changed and the economic situation is different. >> reporter: republicans insist in return for defying part doctrine they must have changes in social security and medicare. >> i will sign only if they undo entitlement reform. >> reporter: be president has put them on the table before. during last year's failed talks on a grand bargain and more recently in his first post election press conference. >> we have to continue to take a serious look at how we reform our entitlements because health care costs continue to be the biggest driver of our deficits. >> reporter: mr. obama has insisted tax rates must rise. today a top democrat signalled openness to the republican stance. revenue could be raised by closing loopholes and limiting deductions. >> they have to go up either real tax rates or effective tax rates. >> reporter: tax begin this week amid tentative st
the reagan era, most republicans have pledged not to raise taxes. as mike viqueira reports, there are signs of flexibility on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: it's a pledge almost all republicans have signed. to oppose tax increases of any kind. that once solid wall was showing crass. >> the pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago is for that congress. the world has changed, and the economic situation is different. >> reporter: but republicans insist in return for defying party doctrine, democrats must agree that changes in social security and medicare. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> reporter: activists on the left are lining up to oppose those reforms, but the president has put them on the table before. during last year's failed talks on a grand bargain and more recently in his first post-election press conference. >> we have to continue to take a serious look at how we reform our entitlements because health care costs continue to be the biggest driver of our deficits. >> reporter: mr. o
west. breaking news. we begin with nbc's mike viqueira in washington. mike with a good day to you. i know you've just listened to a white house briefing on two big stories. let's talk about israel first. >> reporter: well you're right. we did hear from senior white house officials. aboard air force one the president on his way to southeast asia for a historic trip there. but these activities are really unfolding in israel and the gaza strip is dominating attention worldwide. the president spoke again with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. he has spoken with him each day before this crisis began to unfold. they talked about the iron dome program, the anti-rocket defense that is so far from what we can tell effectively protecting israel from those rocket strikes out of the gaza strip. the president has also spoken with the new egyptian president, mohammed mersi and turkish prime minister. they have relations with has mass according to the senior official they were encouraged to engage hamas to get them to stop the rocket strikes which the official characterized as the prec
as long as it's accompanied by significant spending cuts. >> nbc's mike viqueira joins us live from the white house. mike, are there any signs, i have to put this to you, that the president may be able to persuade republicans at least to maintain the bush tax cuts on those making less than $250,000 a year? is there any sign that he's going to be able to persuade them on that? >> reporter: well, i think that he would be able to persuade them to extend those tax cuts, but he may not be able to persuade them to decouple them from those making more than $250,000 a year, martin. i don't mean to be flip, but that does remain at the end of the day here after the big root velt room photo-op the main sticking point. it's clear democrats feel they have the upper hand as do democrats here in the person of the white house staff and the president after the election, after the polls showed that voters for the most part, a majority, are behind the president in his effort to do that. this is something democrats both nationwide and on capitol hill will insist he sticks to his guns on. the democrats
, first of all, nbc's mike viqueira, who is live for us at the white house. mike, his letter cites his personal indiscretion. >> reporter: yes. >> but is there any indication that there could have been some backstory to this? perhaps some threat of blackmail that may have prompted him to take this action? >> reporter: none whatsoever at this point, martin. at this point -- and details are still emerging, but you have to take this at face value. there are so few real surprises that we find anymore in washington in the lives of public officials. this certainly ranks among them. all day long ang dre ya mitchell who first broke the story, there was indication that something was up with general petraeus. you would get speculation about benghazi. and then came that statement from general petraeus that you just read saying that he had an extramarital affair and he had tendered his resignation. it turns out that happened yesterday here at the white house. he came to visit the president. he offered his resignation. he told the president why. the president called him back "today" and accepted th
a few moments and i want to bring in our own mike viqueira. president obama's first post-election statement is happening in a few minutes, using today's address to discuss what everyone has been talking about since the race ended which, of course, the looming fiscal cliff. or the fiscal curve depending on how you want to characterize it. let's go to the white house where mike viqueira is standing by. are we going to see some confetti guns or all business? >> i think you're going to see a lot of conciliatory talk and a lot of owe va tours towards compromise and bipartisan over the course of the rest of this month anyway. alex, if past is precedent, i don't see any reason that's indicating we're going to see the annual end of the year christmas eve brinksmanship, partisanship posturing negotiations. it could be essentially what is a half a trillion dollar tax increase, at least for the short term, unit it ill they come back in january to work it out. that might be what it takes to get all the votes in line. there's high stakes here and it all boils down to one thing, and it
taxes. but as nbc's mike viqueira reports, there are some signs of flexibility on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: it's a pledge almost all republicans have signed, to oppose tax increases of any kind. that once solid wall was showing cracks. >>> the pledge you saw 18 years ago, 20 years ago was for that congress. the world has changed and the economic situation is different. >> reporter: but republicans insist in return for defying party doctrine, democrats must agree to changes in social security and medicare. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> reporter: activists on the left are lining up to oppose those reforms, but the president has put them on the table before. during last year's failed talks on a grand bargain and more recently in his first postelection press conference. >> we have to continue to take a serious look at how we reform our entitlements because health care costs continue to be the biggest driver of our deficits. >> reporter: mr. obama has insisted that in any de
and waiting for him as ever is mike viqueira who is there on the lawn. mike, let me start with this. what has been the white house reaction, if any, to mitt romney's gifts comments and explaining his shellacking at the presidential election? >> reporter: what are we only ten days out the election? >> we are. >> reporter: i think from a political standpoint, politics never ends in this town. they are perfectly welcome to have mitt romney double down on speaking for republicans. the whole 47% debacle that cost him momentum during the election. that's one of the reasons you saw a possible 2016 contender in bobby jindal quickly knock down those comments. other than that, i think there's sort of a what do you expect him to say. he's got to have some excuse to some of the donors that sent him thousands of their hard-earned dollars. jay carney was asked about this directly on the way to new york city. he held his gaggle. we listened to the audio in the briefing room. he cited things like college loans, allowing young people to stay on their parents' health plan as part of the obama care law that was
congressional leaders kick off formal negotiations on the fiscal cliff at the white house. nbc's mike viqueira is there for us right now. mike, can we expect to get a blueprint, some sort of number that republicans and democrats will work towards over these next furious weeks to january 2 or will it be, oh, we came here, we're friendly and now we're going to go home? >> reporter: i think we're still in the exhibition season and this is a photo-op in the oval office. all the leaders sitting together. really this negotiation will come down to the white house and republicans, john boehner in particular. i think the white house and democrats see squjohn boehner i hot water and are fixing to make a stew. i mean, pick another analogy the republicans have been routed. have lost the battle on election day. now democrats are pressing their advantage and routing the enemy as they are trying to regroup. i mean, there's a lot of talk. the tax rate is set to go up on the wealthiest americans. the top tax rate 35% at the end of the year, 39.6%. some people saying there's a middle ground. the problem with th
aircraft and an unmanned u.s. drone. nbc's mike viqueira joins us live from the white house. mike, what is the white house saying about today's report of an iranian jet that fired on a u.s. military drone i believe on november the 1st? >> reporter: november the 1st actually, martin. evidently now we're understanding there were two iran jan jets involved in this incident. the white house is not saying much. they're deferring comment to the pentagon where we have heard from the spokesman there, george little. here are the basic details. for the first time in history an iranian jet has fired on a u.s. military drone, a drone insists the pentagon that was in international waters, not over iranian air space. it did not strike the drone and the president as well as secretary -- i'm sorry secretary panetta and president obama were notified on the morning of november 1st. evidently this took place at about 4:50 eastern time that morning, martin. >> and, mike, i understand there's some information about the president traveling overseas in the near future. is that right? >> reporter: right. this
will take a $900 million hit. so what does all this mean? nbc's mike viqueira is back at the white house. any word from the white house on this? >> reporter: well, i mean, the short answer to your question, steve, is we don't know. and this may not surprise anybody, but it depends on who the occupant of this building is going to be come january 21st. i mean, there are a couple competing different plans out there. remember, the fiscal year, as you pointed out, always started october the 1st. congress, before leaving town very early to get on the campaign trail, extended one of these continuing resolutions. in other words, they funded the government until the spring at which point they're going to try to come back and do something about it. the president's proposal, his budget proposal, which as everybody knows has not been enacted for a 3% cut to fema, including disaster relief funds. the republican proposal, the nearest thing to it, would pass the house of representatives as represented by paul ryan, the chairman of the budget committee, would have across-the-board cuts of about 22% and
. >> but there have been more than few lighter moments as well. here is nbc's mike viqueira. >> reporter: congratulations, ameri america. the grand march of democracy, our national endurance test, is finally coming to an end. a year and a half of gaffes and laughs starting with debates. >> i'm speaking. >> reporter: so many debates, so many fond memories. >> it's three agencies of government when i get there that are gone. commerce, education, and the -- >> reporter: of course certain things were more memorable than others. there's been high drama. >> and i am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that. >> reporter: and high rollers. >> i'll tell you what, $10,000 -- >> reporter: and numbers, lots and lots of numbers. >> $5 trillion tax cut. >> 12 million new jobs. >> the numbers just don't add up. >> reporter: at times the rhetoric soared, kind of. >> and the trees are the right height. >> reporter: other times the speeches fell flat. >> what do you want me to tell romney? i can't tell them to do that. can't do that to himself. >> reporter: and there was mu
to businesses and the american people so that we can focus on job growth. >> msnbc's mike viqueira joins us live from the white house. the president is clearly ready for whatever republicans plan to throw at him when they show up for meetings at the white house tomorrow. he showed up at that press conference today and he was in fighting form, wasn't he? >> reporter: he was. certainly with regard to that issue of susan rice, u.n. ambassador. in terms of the tax cut, the fiscal cliff approaching, looming now, which everyone agrees would be a catastrophe if we were to go over it, there's still a lot of brinksmanship going on. the president said proposal from republicans to raise revenue without raising tax rates on the wealthy, which president again insisted on today, the president says the math simply does not work. he said that is not a red line, per se. if they can come back to me and show me how we can raise the revenue one way or another and get the wealthy to pay their fair share, he's keeping an open mind to that. so, the president on the one hand setting down a firm line, as he has before,
adversaries sat down for lunch. mike viqueira is live from the white house. do we know how things went? we know this is not a beer summit nor did they drink that lovely wine you keep discussing with me. do you think they buried the hatchet? >> reporter: they're really tight-lipped about this. there were only two people in the room and those were the principals, of course, president obama and mitt romney. martin, it was 12:29 when a lone blank lincoln navigator suv made its way up west executive drive adjacent to the west wing and out popped a smiling mitt romney. they're one-on-one meeting to bury the hatchet as you put it before they sat down for lunch in the private dining room which turns out to be in the west wing, not behind me in the residence as i mentioned yesterday. >> thank you for that factual correction. >> i really felt bad about that all day. they posed for that picture in the oval office, shaking hands before the hms resolute desk. if you look closely, behind them through the door, that's the private dining room. there's a pair of boxing gloves for what we understand -- they
hostage. traveling with the president, nbc news correspondent mike viqueira. what are you hearing about how the president's words are going to be framed today? >> reporter: well, thomas, the election may be over, but the campaign goes on. and the president comes here to hatfield. i think i have that right, pennsylvania. we're just outside philadelphia. just heard the choppers landing outside. the president should be here shortly. he's going to tour this manufacturing facility. this is the rodon group. they make kinex toys like that, a nice swag bag presented to the press. there are 150 workers here. they make building toys, familiar brands to most americans, lincoln logs, tinkertoys. and the point the president is trying to make is not only will these 150 workers, their jobs be in jeopardy if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff, but if the average american family, according to the statistics, has to pay an extra $2,000 in taxes next year, they're not going to be buying any more lincoln logs or toys like this. we cannot endorse any one product, by the way. and therefore this business i
% of americans. >> joining me now to map out a timeline, nbc white house correspondent mike viqueira who joins me from right there in the white house. so are you getting a sense of the schedule of these events? >> reporter: the schedule is pretty much up in the air. pretty remarkable that john yarmouth, house democrat from kentucky is basically saying let's go over the cliff because we're never going to come to an agreement. the trouble is that cliff if we go over it, the congress at budget office itself says over the next course of the year if those tax cuts kick in, more than $1 trillion in new added taxes to the american people. plus that sequester, that automatic cuts to defense and domestic spending about $1 trillion as well. the cbo says that will be 9.1% unemployment. gdp will slow by half a percentage point. it could be another recession. so where have we seen this movie before? there's brinksmanship. heading into the new year, into christmas, the planes are on the tarmac and the president and congress are negotiating. the sticking point is the upper income taxes. those people making $250
tonight from nbc's mike viqueira. >> reporter: today top democrats drew a hard line. it's either higher taxes on the wealthy or the nation goes over the fiscal cliff. >> if the republicans will not agree with that, we will reach a point at the end of this year where all the tax cuts expire, and we'll start over next year. >> reporter: this as one influential conservative called on republicans to give ground. >> let's have a serious debate. don't scream and yell where one person says, you know what? really? the republican party's going to fall on its sword? a bunch of millionaires half of whom voted democratic and half of whom live in hollywood. >> reporter: but house speaker john boehner rejects any hike in tax rates. instead he would close loopholes in the tax code. >> raising tax rates will slow down our ability to create the jobs that everyone says they want. >> reporter: failure to agree by the end of the year would trigger a combination of deep spending cuts and expiring tax cuts. that could mean an estimated $2,000 more in taxes next year for the typical household. the jobless rat
another recession. nbc's mike viqueira is at the white house where a showdown is looming between the president, and congress. mike, good morning. >> good morning, lester. both sides say they want promise but there doesn't appear to be any common ground on one very big issue. that is how much should the wealthy pay in taxes? in his first white house appearance after his winning campaign, president obama issued a warning ahead of the coming fiscal fight with republicans. >> i refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced, and on tuesday night we found out that the majority of americans agree with my approach. >> reporter: that approach means making the wealthy pay more in taxes, a vow the president made repeatedly in the campaign. but republican house speaker john boehner, appearing earlier in the day, says it won't happen on his watch. >> raising tax rates will slow down our ability to create the jobs that everyone says they want. >> reporter: it is the key sticking point, and if it can't resolved by the end of the year, the nation heads over the so-called fiscal cliff. a comb
the president's health care plan as a negotiating chip? nbc's mike viqueira is joining me live from the white house. good saturday to you, mike. >> good morning, alex. >> let's talk about obama care. is that off the table from the democrats' perspective? >> absolutely. the thing is is that john boehner and the republicans, the last time we went around these negotiations, remember it was june of 2011, on the debt ceiling negotiations, the president and the speaker played golf, and there were all those grand bargain talks behind closed doors. republicans tried to put it on the table back then, and democrats said, absolutely no way. and i think they're going to get a similar response this time. remember, it was just a few weeks ago when john boehner after the election essentially said, there's nothing we can do about obama care. it's going into effect next year. people are going to have to start enrolling, those exchanges are going to have to get up and running. he saw a revolt among his house republicans and republicans across the united states, just for saying it. now john boehner is doing a l
correspondent mike viqueira is joining me live. >> hello, alex. >> what's been the response from republicans to this invitation? >> both sides say they want compromise, but there doesn't appear to be any common ground on one very big issue, and that is how much should the wealthy pay in taxes? the stakes couldn't be higher. analysts say if they can't come to an agreement by the end of this year it could mean another recession. >> in his first white house appearance after his winning campaign, president obama issued a warning ahead of the coming fiscal fight with republicans. >> i refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. and on tuesday night we found out that the majority of americans agree with my approach. >> reporter: that approach means making the wealthy pay more in taxes. a vow the president made repeatedly in the campaign. but republican house speaker john boehner, appearing earlier in the day, said it won't happen on his watch. >> raising tax rates will slow down our ability to create the jobs that everyone says they want. >> reporter: it is the key sticking point. and if it
of washington covered with mike viqueira at the white house. was any progress made today? >> reporter: they say they wren weren't real nxs per se. it was each side putting up their opening bid. it's clear they want to do something major this year, not just kick the can down the road. of course, they see themselves as having the upper hand. they want to press the political advantage. there will be discussions over the next several days. congress for all intents and purposes and larges part of this city in the beltway empty out over the thanksgiving holiday next week. i'm told the president was very clear on taxes privately as he has been publicly in terms of the upper income americans getting higher rates or feeling some pain one way or the other. most see that as the place for the wiggle room. the president is open to suggestions on how to address entitlements. that, of course, is something republicans insist on. here's a little bit of the president from inside the roosevelt room this morning. >> we're all aware that we have some urgent business to do. our challenge is to make sure that, you kn
. >> nbc's mike viqueira is live at the white house. he would never laugh at such a question. if there's no cabinet position is in the offing, is he willing to tell mitt romney what a great job he did at the olympics? >> reporter: i think that's what it boils down to. there's a ritualistic part of it, the two burying the hatchet, breaking bread tomorrow. a lot of people expected this to happen. it's not going to be in public view, by any means necessary, although you can bet that your diligent cameramen and producers will be running all over the town looking to find pictures of mitt romney. but they will not allow the quote/unquote photo spray in the private dining room. which if you're a white house buff is over the corner, when the two men meet tomorrow afternoon. some smart alec in the front row asked whether gifts would be exchanged because, of course, the president gave john boehner a gift of wine. >> a wine you know a great deal about because you were at that very vineyard. >> calle >> reporter: it is a delicious quaff, as we discussed last week. mitt romney does not drink and th
continue to work together to avert this crisis and sooner rather than later. >> all right. nbc's mike viqueira at the white house. could be one of the last cabinet meetings for a few of the people there. >> reporter: yeah. secretaries of defense and secretaries of state and secretaries of transportation. more staying than not, steve. you are right. but this could be one of the last meetings that comes amid a flurry of activity here at the white house. the president mounting this public relations campaign. you know, he said washington has to be changed from the outside. you can't do it from the inside and trying to put those words to effect. they have really got the pr campaign going. they started a twitter campaign. they call it my 2 k and you know today it was small businesses from around the country. actually, that's a little bit later. with fix the debt. the coalition of large and small businesses later today. this morning, he met with a lot of middle class folks that written in to the white house at the solicitation of the white house and folks saying they would be adversely affec
in a minute. let's bring in my colleague at the white house, nbc's mike viqueira, former adviser to george bush and sarah feagin and doug thorn nell. welcome all. good to be with you. sarah, the colorado number is the one most striking. these provisional ballots has come in. it takes this country three weeks to count votes. it's a good thing we weren't waiting here. we've been through one of those. colorado, that's the one that surprised me. >> it surprised a lot of people. >> not a large african-american population. a hispanic population that is more conservative in nature, one that there was an expectation that romney, if he didn't win, was only going to lose by a point. >> i think both sides misread colorado. >> they both did. the obama campaign thought it would be razor close. >> there is a challenge which is we can't be down five or six points in states that used to be reliably republican. >> this is not very fun loving for colorado. >> or at least swing republican and expect to and expect a chance at a governing majority any time soon. we have a lot of work to do. the underlike tenet
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